Posted: October 22nd, 2011 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Art News, Blip, Celebrity News, Cult of Celebrity, Flick, Love and Other Drugs, Movie Review, News, Socially Engineered, That Human Condition, Verity Penfold | Tags: Art News, Blip, Celebrity News, Cult of Celebrity, Elizabeth Olsen, Flick, Fox Searchlight, Love and Other Drugs, Martha Marcy May Marlene, News, Sean Durkin, socially engineered, That Human Condition, Verity Penfold | Comments Off on Cult of Elizabeth Olsen: Martha Marcy May Marlene
Olsens latest film is the first feature film from young writer/director Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene is certainly a stylistically assured debut, mysterious, moody, unbearably tense…
One of the benefits of a large family is that, of several children, your more likely to turn out at least one normal adult. A point in case are the Olsen sisters. Elizabeth Olsen is a commandingly lovely actress, wistful, with soulful eyes and a gracefilled figure, Elizabeth cuts a fine figure on the screen.
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Posted: October 20th, 2011 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Bailout, Bipolar Blond Momentum, Blip, Blipvert, Celebrity Gossip, Celebrity News, Cult of Celebrity, Diana Detaux, Diana Detox, Favorite New Thought . . ., Get Out of the House, Love and Other Drugs, News, News Update, Socially Engineered, Standout, That Human Condition | Tags: bailout, Bipolar Blond Momentum, Blip, Blipvert, Celebrity Gossip, Celebrity News, Cult of Celebrity, diana detaux, diana detox, Favorite New Thought . . ., Get Out of the House, Jail, LA Court, LiLo, Lindsay Lohan, Love and Other Drugs, News, News Update, Probation, socially engineered, Standout, That Human Condition | Comments Off on LiLo Breaches Probation
With Lindsay Lohan the news just seems to go round and round and round. Lindsay Lohan appeared in court today – looking her usual mess -and had her probation revoked, it’s now likely she will go back to jail.
A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner, today and revoked Lindsay Lohan’s probation, saying the actress has blown off her court-ordered community service and even questioning the starlet’s commitments to her acting career.
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Posted: October 17th, 2011 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Blip, Favorite New Thought . . ., Get Out of the House, Kiss My . . ., M.Aaron.Silverman, News, News Update, Revolute, Social Media, Socially Engineered, Standout, That Human Condition, They Said What | Tags: Bailout!, Bank Customers Arrested, Blip, Blipvert, Celebrity News, Citibank, Favorite New Thought . . ., Get Out of the House, Global Financial Crisis, Highpants News, ikram Pandit, Kiss My . . ., New York, New York City, News, News Update, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Wall Street Protest, Out and About, OWS, Protest, Revolute, Social Media, socially engineered, Standout, That Human Condition, They Said What, Wall Street, WFG, World Financial Crisis, Zuccotti Par | Comments Off on Revolute! OWS Citibank Protesters Arrested
Police arrested 24 protesters for trespassing at a Citibank branch, a New York Police Department spokesman said.
Citibank has always been a bit of a fumbling behemoth, barely – with bailout assistance from U.S. tax payers – scraping through the global financial crisis in tact, it now face an entirely new wave of trouble. Days after Citibank CEO Vikram Pandit talked about his sympathies with Occupy Wall Street and his willingness to engage with protesters. A Citibank branch in New York has locked the doors of their branch and arrested a group of Citibank account holders who wished to to close their accounts. It’s clear that Citibank are terrified that a few accounts closing will escalate to a run on the bank. “It would only take a small percentage of account holders to prove that Citibank is an economic hologram and like much of the financial sector, is desperately hiding how weak it is. The 99% are waking up and realise they’ve been duped, fleeced,conned and bullied for far too long” said Jeremy Bloom. “NOT even in the dark dark days of the 1930s great depression – when there was actual panic – did we see anything this stupid” Here’s how it went down at the Citibank branch at 555 La Guardia Place in New York. The demonstrators – all Citibank customers – were asked to leave, and when they tried to comply Citibank’s security locked them in and wouldn’t let them leave! 24 were arrested. Clearly nothing is ever this simple!? Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 15th, 2011 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Bailout, Blip, Favorite New Thought . . ., Revolute, Social Media, Socially Engineered | Tags: bailout, Blip, Blipvert, Celebrity News, Get Out of the House, Kiss My . . ., New York, News Update, Occupy Wall Street Protest, Protest, Revolute, Standout, That Human Condition, Wall Street | Comments Off on Occupy Wall Street Roundup
A quick roundup via words and pictures of the wonderfilled world of passive revolution . . .
15 October 2011: Hundreds of protesters are celebrating after New York City postponed the evacuation of the park at the epicentre of weeks of anti-Wall Street demonstrations.
The owners of the private square suspended their request for the city to evacuate it for routine cleaning on Friday (local time) and said they believed they could reach an agreement with the protesters. No reason was given for the delay, but it averted what many feared could have sparked a showdown between authorities and protesters. Protesters celebrated the postponement at the publicly accessible park, where the mood was festive :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 6th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Bipolar Blond Momentum, Blip, Cult of Celebrity, Favorite New Thought . . ., Michael Courtenay, News Update | Tags: Amanda Knox, Cult of Celebrity, Guilty, Hunter S Thompson, Journalist, Mail Online, michael courtenay, Not Guilty, Shut the F_ck Up, socially engineered, That Human Condition, The Daily Mail, They Said What, Vegan Loving Carnivores, Wibble, www.highpants.com | Comments Off on Bad Journalism: Daily Mail Style
“This incident never happened. It was created, as a sort of journalistic montage, by the correspondent who distilled the report. Newspapers are neither written nor edited by fools, technical safeguards can be built into even the wildest story, without fear of losing reader impact” Hunter S. Thompson – Hells Angels – 1967.
You would think that in the aftermath of News of the World, journalists – especially in the U.K. – would have at least one eye on the ball. Seems not. U.K. rag Daily Mail spends bucket loads of cash on employing journalists, apparently sending them to exotic posts like Italy. Covering the Amanda Knox Appeal – Knox was found guilty of murder, her latest trial was an appeal to that verdict – one over zealous unnamed journalist filed the following headline, which was then published by the Daily Mails online portal Mail Online. Hold your breath for a rant . . .
Journalism is apparently a calling, wedged someplace between an artistic talent and a desire for notoriety, or what has come to be known as celebrity. More journalists seem to be on the opinion bent – who’s doing all the reporting – chasing a byline in print isn’t the same as bringing news to readers!? . We generalise of course, journalists aren’t a heap different to the general population. A GOOD JOURNALIST requires more than just a specific skill set. Much more important than these apparent skills – grammar, dogged perseverance, courage under fire and a nose for a story – a good journalist REQUIRES INTEGRITY, not general public integrity, but unquestionable integrity. So if your not a good journalist what happens, generally you hide the truth and hook yourself into inappropriate employment. One journalist, who would best be described as possibly the worst mother presently on this planet – reported for child neglect and abuse, by her childs school – runs a Child and Parenting Advice website, another covers real estate in a national newspaper as well as running their blogs, despite the fact that she’s only ever lost money in real estate.
So whats the point?
Mainstream media, is the point. In any other profession there’s a set of requirements, skills certainly, but more importantly a requirement to behave with integrity; commit a crime as a lawyer and your not likely to practice law, molest a patient and your name will no longer have Doctor at front of it. Journalists have none of these sanctions, a bad journalist simply becomes the editor for an internet site . . .
A photo journalist once said something profound on the subject of bad journalism “The problem with journalists is they think once they’ve covered a story, they’re an expert in an entire field.”
You would think that in the aftermath of News of the World, journalists – especially in the U.K. – would have at least one eye on the ball. Seems not. U.K. rag Daily Mail spends bucket loads of cash on employing journalists, apparently sending them to exotic posts like Italy. Covering the Amanda Knox Appeal – Knox was found guilty of murder, her latest trial was an appeal to that verdict – one over zealous unnamed journalist filed the following headline, which was then published by the Daily Mails online portal Mail Online.
Clearly the internet makes it possible to broadcast breaking news at a pace unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. Unfortunately, that includes the ability to rapidly transmit reports that never should have been written, much less published. Today’s case in point: the Daily Mail‘s hasty—and largely apocryphal—report that American Amanda Knox had lost her appeal of a murder conviction. Mail Online not only mistook the Italian court’s guilty verdict for slander as guilty of everything, it posted a story under the byline Nick Pisa purporting to detail the return journey of Knox and her ex-boyfriend to separate prisons where they would be put on suicide watch. The story also quotes “delighted” prosecutors who said “justice has been done.” We’ve seen stories posted in error before, particularly when advances written and stored to hop on the news are published when they shouldn’t have been. These invented details are beyond bad journalism and publishing.
The sequence of events that followed is more than amusing . . .
about an hour later . . .
picture: malcom coles
Posted: October 5th, 2011 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Blip, Favorite New Thought . . ., Get Out of the House, Socially Engineered, Verity Penfold | Tags: Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland, Blip, Channel Blipvert Socially Engineered, Favorite New Thought, Finnish Lapland, Flatlight Films, Midnight Sun, Sámi, That Human Condition, Travel, Tune, Vegan Loving Carnivores, Verity Penfold, video, Vimeo, Visit Finland, www.highpants.com | Comments Off on Northern lights over Finland time-lapse
It’s got to be half way through the week, doesn’t it? Fag it, it’s time for a chill, a little midweek meditation. Check this STUNNING time-lapse from those fantastic Finns at Flatlight. It was shot earlier this year in several locations throughout Finnish Lapland. Just to set the mood, temperatures can plunge as low as -50°C in the winter and the sun is not seen for days on end during the polar night (kaamos). By contrast, summer brings out the Midnight Sun and temperatures can occasionally rise to 30°C, although summer temperatures in the 10-20°C are mostly the norm. July is the warmest month. Flatlight Films has created this beautiful time-lapse montage of the aurora borealis, the time-lapse is a commercial for Visit Finland. Lapland is the Wild North of Finland and the last refuge of Finland’s Sámi people, who subsist on reindeer herding. There isn’t too much history to see, the end of the Second World War, retreating German troops implemented a scorched earth policy to punish their Finnish allies for agreeing to peace with the Soviet Union, razed everything in their path. By the time they were done, 100,000 people had fled, 675 bridges blown up, all major roads mined and the capital Rovaniemi had only 13 houses left standing. But then, people don’t come to Lapland for the architecture, they come here for the nature. While there are no craggy mountains or fjords here, the endless pine forests and the treeless rounded fells (tunturi) poking out between them can also be breathtakingly beautiful. Throw us a pair of mittens and a sensible hat and away we go!
Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland 2011 from Flatlight Films on Vimeo.
For more beautiful aurora time-lapses, see:
– The Aurora Seen From The International Space Station
– Beautiful Time-Lapse Video of an Aurora Borealis in Norway
– Time Lapse of Aurora Borealis Over Tromsø, Norway